Well, Hello Old Man Winter, It’s About Time!
Leadville and Lake County saw its first major snow storm of the season over the Thanksgiving Weekend bringing more than a foot in some areas and a big sigh of relief to ski resorts and seasonal workers. The official Leadville report for the last 24 hours (6 a.m. Sunday – 6 a.m. Monday) was 8.2 inches, although that number varies depending on location. Some areas in Lake County have reported more than a foot of snow.
Travel in the high country has been challenging with most drivers taking a slow and go attitude. Traction laws will continue to be put into effect as conditions require through much of the week as Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews continue to clear roadways. During an active Traction Law, motorists will need to have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle – all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread. You can also install chains or an alternative traction device to be in compliance with the law if your tires aren’t adequate.
On the local level, Lake County Road and Bridge crews have been out all weekend, staying ahead of the accumulation.
“Our crews got most of the main arteries taken care of yesterday (Sunday),” said Asst. Public Works Director Michael Irwin in a call with Leadville Today this morning. “So people should see them taking care of the county side roads today.”
School is back in session today after the Thanksgiving break so those routes are cleared first, followed by the main thoroughfares. Side streets could see sizeable drifts as neighbors dig their cars out and secure their winter parking spaces.
A reminder that Leadville residents have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks of snow, so if you haven’t already, you’d better break out that shovel and get after it.
There’s more snow in the forecast accompanied with some of the coldest temperatures the mountains have seen this season.
Stay safe, stay warm and stay tuned to Leadville Today for additional weather updates!